September 2018


Hannah spent a week in Northern Nigeria with a group of courageous women, survivors of Boko Haram and Fulani violence. The art project was facilitated by Open Doors.

For their self-portrait paintings, the women first painted and then sewed vibrant African fabric onto the canvas. Each woman was given enough fabric to be able to make themselves a dress too.

Some reflections the women shared on their final day together:

“We came here with heavy hearts and we are leaving filled with joy,”

“I am so happy. I have never held a pen in my life before, and it was the first time I have been able to write my name and even to draw my face.”